It's not hard to recall the days when home offices with PCs were somewhat of a novelty. Now, it's not atypical for home offices to boast multiple computers, as well as fax machines, printers, copiers and modems. Like businesses in corporate towers, the home office has evolved into something of a high-tech haven. But its metamorphosis has yet to be completed. The next step in its evolution: home networking.
With many home offices now buzzing with PCs and peripherals, the most obvious progression is to start connecting them. One of the best reasons for homebased businesses to consider home networking? It's an affordable, easy way to share computer files and peripherals with an employee who needs access to the printer for a marketing brochure, or your child who's working on a book report. Home networking also allows you shared Internet access, eliminating the burdensome costs involved with purchasing additional phone lines, modems and Internet accounts.
Networking products are rapidly moving out of traditional business environments and into the home. Myriad home networking solutions already exist--with more on the way. How do you choose among all the options? The best products offer easy administration, require little or no change to your home's existing wiring and deliver the best performance for the price.